Three dead, at least 23 injured in Canada capital bus crash

Larry Hoffman
January 14, 2019

The westbound 269 bus to Kanata hit the shelter at the busy transit station in the west end of Ottawa just before 4 p.m. local time (2100 UTC) on Friday.

Crash Investigation Unit is continuing its investigation into the collision yesterday, which left 23 people injured and three dead.

The Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the collision.

The city's police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning.

Sgt. Graham said six investigators are now assigned to the crash, which is expected to be a "long, detailed and complex investigation". "And as I got a better look, I saw how damaged the front of the bus was and it came obviously clearly right after that people were really, seriously hurt".

"I was sitting in the exact same seat; it could have easily been me", she said.

Andrew Borle was waiting for a bus on the other side of Westboro Station when the crash took place.

"Such devastating news. My thoughts and condolences are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this tragedy", wrote Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the area in Parliament. Chief Bordeleau also added Saturday the public shouldn't draw any conclusions from the initial arrest of the driver.

The bus was at or near its full capacity at the time of the collision, Bordeleau said Saturday. Bordeleau said new information has surfaced to challenge that account, but did not provide further details.

Officials from Transport Canada and Ontario's Ministry of Transportation are also investigating.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson tweeted he was shocked to hear of the "horrific incident". Despite mid-afternoon temperatures of about minus-15, it hadn't snowed in Ottawa Friday and the busway is the top priority for the city's snowplows, salters and sanders.

A double-decker commuter bus crashed into a passenger train in September 2013, killing six people including the bus driver. The investigation into that case found the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction.

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